Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby once again decided that their own personal political gain was more important than jobs in Alabama.
By voting against the American Jobs Act this week, the two senators left tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars rotting in Washington.
Under the act, Alabama would have received:
- $512 million for infrastructure improvement to keep and create 6,700 jobs.
- $451 million to prevent teacher layoffs and keep police officers and firefighters on the job, to keep and create 7,000 jobs.
- $390 million for school infrastructure projects to keep and create 5,100 jobs.
- $22 million to put construction workers back to work.
“Everybody in Alabama should be outraged. They should be taking to the streets knowing that our so-called representatives killed all of these jobs from their cozy offices in Washington, D.C. while giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy,” said Al Henley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alabama AFL-CIO. “They need a lesson in what it’s like to actually earn a living and how hard it is on everyday Alabamians who aren’t being wined and dined by big corporations.”
“We need Senators who will fight for jobs in Alabama, not kill them,” Henley said. “They are single-handedly destroying the standard of living for middle-class Alabamians, and that is unacceptable.”
“It’s ironic that both Senators are worth millions of dollars, yet when it comes to putting millions into our state instead of their pockets, they balk at the idea. I invite both Senators to take a tour with me across Alabama to refresh their memories about how real Alabamians are being forced to live their lives in this day and age.”
It's time to stop glossing over the votes our (mostly) pitiful excuses for representatives take. They're selling average Alabamians down the river and, up until recently, making us like it.